Our weekly lawn mowing service consists of mowing the lawn with the appropriately sized professional equipment. To assure the best quality of cut, we sharpen our mower blades every day! We also trim around all trees and other obstacles in the lawn. A mechanical edger is used as needed to keep the grass from growing over sidewalks and curbs. When the job is finished, the crew uses a blower to clear sidewalks and patios of grass clippings.
Unless you request otherwise, we try to change the direction of the cut each week to avoid ruts and prevent grass from “lying down”. We also can adjust the height of cut to your request.
Most of our equipment uses mulching technology to cut the grass multiple times and deposit it back on your lawn. Studies conducted over the years prove that mulching returns most of the fertilizer back onto the lawn and actually reduces thatch buildup. Our equipment can vacuum up a light dusting of leaves, but if accumulation is heavy, leaves must be raked up before mowing. For a small fee, the regular mowing crew can do this for you.
Mowing starts in April based mostly on weather conditions, and continues through the end of October. Occasionally a decision may be made by the crew on site to skip mowing if the grass has not grown or if it is drought stressed. Grass should generally be mowed every week to prevent stress from cutting too much plant growth off at one time.
The last mow of the season is usually quite short to help minimize the likelihood of snow mold or other fungus problems caused by winter weather.
Our turf program is designed to give proper nutrients and weed control on a regular basis throughout the year to ensure a healthy, green, weed free lawn. A licensed technician will arrive at your site on a regularly scheduled basis. Each application will vary based on site conditions, but the following is a general description of the process:
#1 Early Spring Fertilizer: This application is applied early in the spring, generally in March or early April. A granular fertilizer is applied to quick-start the grass. This application gives the grass a head start before many weeds appear.
#2 Late Spring Fertilizer and weed spray: This application, applied in mid-May, usually consists of a liquid weed application over the entire lawn area. If you have had our service over a number of years, only spot spraying may be required to control weeds. A balanced granular fertilizer will be applied during this visit.
#3 Summer Fertilizer: A specially formulated granular fertilizer is applied during this visit. It is designed to provide the necessary nutrients without causing burning of the grass from the higher temperatures. If any weeds are noted, they will be spot sprayed as well.
#4 Late Summer Fertilizer and Weed spray: A granular fertilizer is again applied at this time, and all lawn areas are treated with a liquid weed application. It may again only be necessary to spot treat for weeds, especially if your lawn has had our service for a number of seasons.
#5 Fall Fertilizer: This application applied late in September is designed to strengthen the grass plant in preparation for winter. Many people make the mistake of skipping this service because it is so late in the year. Our experience shows that this granular application helps protect the grass from disease and the ravages of winter.
If you have the full, five-application program we guarantee a green, weed free lawn. If you need additional applications, they are at no charge. There are, of course, other factors that affect the appearance of your lawn, including moss, disease, fungus, insect damage. Our technicians are trained to recognize these symptoms and report to you any appropriate recommended treatment, as well as the cost to solve the problem.
Core aeration improves the health and vigor of your lawn. It involves the use of hollow tines to remove cores of soil and deposit them on the surface of the lawn. Ideally, these soil cores should be ½ to ¾ inches in diameter and 2-3 inches in length. The soil cores are left on the surface to be broken down by irrigation, rainfall and lawn mowing.
When should I Core Aerate?
Lawns should be aerated in the Spring or Fall. Lawns should be aerated at least twice a year where significant thatch or soil compaction is present. Extremely thick thatch layers over 2-2½ inches cannot be controlled by core aeration alone, proper fertilization and watering are also needed. Once a new lawn is established, or the thatch of an older lawn is under control, one should begin a program of annual core aeration to keep thatch in check.
Benefits of Core Aeration Improves Overall Turf Health: Core aeration provides roots with greater access to air, water, and nutrients. This improves the overall health of the turf and allows the roots to grow deeper and healthier, which can save you money on your water bill. Assists in Thatch Management: It also helps in thatch management by opening holes in the thatch layer, allowing microorganisms to thrive and aid in breaking down and reducing old thatch. Relieves Soil Compaction: Soil density is decreased by removing cores, thus, relieving compaction and allowing moisture and oxygen down into the root zone.
Necrotic ring spot is the most common and most destructive turf disease in the Spokane area. It first appears as small circles of dead grass that expand in size and travel away from the original damage site. The centers of these circles die out completely and take on the appearance of a “crater". Weeds and undesirable grasses may begin to grow in the middle of these craters. While these symptoms can appear anytime, they are most common in late spring and from August to dormancy in the fall.
This disease is most common in Bluegrass and fine fescues. Perennial ryegrass and tall fescues show good signs of resistance. Since bluegrass is the predominant grass in our area, almost all lawns are susceptible. Lawns that were sodded are particularly good candidates for the disease. Sodded lawns generally have shallower root systems and “layered” soil conditions. Areas with high sand content and little organic matter are more likely to be infected. Improper watering can make the symptoms worse.
There are treatments available to control this disease. We use a systemic fungicide that will prevent any new spots from appearing for the growing season. The spots that already exist will slowly disappear as the grass health improves, or the spots can be re-seeded with a resistant variety of seed. Treatment must be repeated each year, or the symptoms will return quickly.
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Fall pruning of your trees and shrubs will remove dead or broken limbs which could lead to disease or infestation. Trimming shrubs is also a good idea to minimize the overall size of the plant without affecting its shape. A well maintained shrub or hedge in the fall will likely provide a sturdier structure, more capable of enduring the coming winter.
Spring Yard Cleanup An early spring yard cleanup will give your yard the jumpstart it needs for the approaching growing season. Over the winter, leaves and debris tend to accumulate in your yard, flower and shrub beds become compacted, tree branches break, and the grass becomes matted down. Our spring cleanup addresses all of these issues and more.
We will rake and haul off any leaves and debris accumulated in your yard and shrub beds over the winter season. Additionally, we can look for any branches or limbs that may have broken during the winter, then prune or trim appropriately to remove dead or diseased wood to encourage new growth. Early spring is also the perfect time to get your lawn in order. A spring fertilizer, core aeration, and the season’s first mowing will start your lawn off right.
Lastly, our certified technicians will initiate a complete sprinkler start-up, while also checking for needed adjustments, broken sprinkler heads or lines, and setting the timer to optimize water control.
Outdoor Pest Control At Spokane ProCare we have certified technicians trained to locate and control the many different pests commonly found in the Northwest. No one likes to have pests in their home or yard and Spokane ProCare can eliminate the problem quickly to create a pest free environment. Indoor Ant & Spider Treatment This application targets pests that may have already been inside the home, or have somehow penetrated the exterior pest barrier. Having both an exterior and interior pest control application will ensure the best possible results.Other Pest Control Services...
A few tips on how to keep spiders out of your house:
Keep your rooms and basements clean. Spiders often look for cozy places to hide. Towels and clothes left on the floor make great places for spiders to hang out. You wouldn’t want to dry off or put on an old shirt only to find that it is a spider’s new home! * This is also a great way to get your kids to clean their room.
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